Family on dock at Grand Floridian
  • On Jun 12, 2023
    Alfonso from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Our triplets want to celebrate high school graduation with an Aug 2026 WDW trip (5 nights, Grand Floridian) and maybe a Disney Cruise (prob 7-day). How early can I explore/book given logistics/cost involved? Family size is 7 (2 adults; 3 18-yrs; 2 kids)

    Hi Alfonso!

    Welcome to planDisney. I'm so happy to help you in the early planning stages of what is sure to be a momentous celebration! Whether your trio is a group of gals like Flora, Fauna, & Merryweather, feathered gents like The Three Caballeros, or a mix somewhere in between, I can't think of a better way to celebrate your triplet's graduation than with a land & sea Disney vacation. 

    I recently became a Disney Vacation Club member and selected Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa as my home resort. In my opinion, this is the quintessential Walt Disney World Resort hotel, so you've already made an excellent choice. With its variety of fine dining restaurants and proximity to Magic Kingdom Park, I think it's the absolute perfect setting to begin your graduation festivities. The booking window for 2024 resort reservations and tickets just opened on May 31, so you still have some time until you can secure those coveted reservations. I'd expect to see availability for 2026 open sometime in the spring of 2025 based on recent trends. But that doesn't mean you can't narrow down your dream itinerary in the meantime.

    Have your triplets mentioned anything, in particular, they'd like to experience on their graduation trip? If not, I'd recommend adding a celebratory dinner at Cítricos to your travel plans. We dined there for my birthday last year and I'm still dreaming of the Truffle Mac & Cheese. Since the Grand Floridian is just one Monorail stop away from Magic Kingdom Park you may also want to consider adding some Enchanting Extras like a Capture Your Moment photo session, or a Fireworks Dessert Party to your plans.

    If you're hoping to add a Disney Cruise Line sailing to your epic celebration you'll likely be able to begin planning around the same time. As of today, itineraries are available through September 2024. You'll want to keep an eye on Disney Parks Blog for details on new itineraries as soon as they become available. 

    You can contact Disney Cruise Line to create a Land & Sea package or book each portion separately, depending on your preference. If booked separately, you can reserve your Walt Disney World Resort room and ticket vacation package with a minimal deposit, with the final balance due 30 days prior to arrival. The final balance of your cruise would be due 120 days in advance for sailings 6 nights or longer, or 90 days before your sail date for 1 to 5-day itineraries.

    As you begin to narrow down your must-do list, I'd be happy to help answer any additional questions. In the meantime, be sure to check out the pocket guides for Disney Cruise Line and the Grand Floridian.

    Wishing you magic and memories,
    Amy
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, North Carolina

Hi, I'm Amy- a proud wife, mom, and Disney adult. I'm a natural planner with a flair for the creative, always looking for ways to add a little magical sparkle to our family's day-to-day happenings and once-in-a lifetime moments. You'll find me and my crew visiting the parks from rope drop to close and packing in as much magic as possible to each day of our Walt Disney World Resort vacation. From dining to photo spots and all the details in between, you've got a friend in me! Learn More About Amy

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